India is the world’s largest arms importer


An international arms transfers report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that India is the world’s largest recipient of arms, followed by South Korea, China and Pakistan. Asia and Oceania together cover 44 per cent of global arms imports from 2007 to 2011, while Europe takes a share of 19 per cent. India alone accounted for 10 per cent of global arms imports during the same period.

Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme, commented: “Major Asian importing states are seeking to develop their own arms industries and decrease their reliance on external sources of supply. A large share of arms deliveries is due to licensed production.” The significant increase of Chinese arms exports by 95 per cent between 2002-2006 and 2007-2011 prompted Paul Holtom, director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme, to say: “While the volume of China's arms exports is increasing, this is largely a result of Pakistan importing more arms from China.” Moreover, the report indicated that major global arms exporters are still providing countries affected by Arab spring movements.

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